This is the Baby Soother App (it comes for the iPhone & the iPad). It doesn’t really do much, especially the free version. If you just get the free version, you see a minimally-animated screen of penguins waddling around, and a couple cheesy nursery rhymes that sound like old midi files that rotate through in the background.
And that’s it.
If you decide to upgrade and pay the $1.99 price tag, you’ll get 4 more scenes with slightly different music, and more minimally-animated animals flying around.
It’s not much. But for the past couple weeks, it’s been a life-saver with Caleb.
He loves it.
In fact, he probably would have been perfectly content with the free version, but for our own sanity, we purchased the upgrade just so that we could get a little variety. But seriously – he just loves it. He’ll sit there, hold the iPhone or iPad, and be mesmerized by the penguins, the music, the little bit of animation…what exactly, I’m not sure. But it gets the job done.
And sometimes that’s all that matters. It’s funny the little victories that you claim as a parent. Finding the right iPhone app, even if it only works for a couple of days, seems like a victory, an accomplishment, like something major. Sarah experiences this, I’m sure, more than me because she spends the majority of time home with Caleb. But when you can find an app, a book, a story DVD or the perfect toy that will capture his attention and give you a break, or find that one item that will snap him out of his fussiness, even if just for a couple minutes…it can be glorious.
So if you’ve been looking for something, and haven’t tried the Baby Soother App…you might as well. But keep in mind that this recommendation might just be what all recommendations are when it comes to babies and little kids: a total flop. Your kid might hate it.
Or she might love it.
You’ll never know…